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Georgia-Russia Economic Relations in 2008-2016

The Georgian diaspora living in the Russian Federation is the largest source of remittances for Georgia. Since 2014, this volume of remittances from Russia has decreased significantly, while imports have increased. This has a negative effect on the Georgian economy, including the stability of the national currency.

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Georgia in the 2017 Doing Business Index

According to the Doing Business 2017 report, Georgia is ranked 16th among 190 nations. In the previous year’s report (2016), Georgia held the 24th position among 189 countriesGeorgia has improved its positions in many categories, particularly in terms of institutional structure and regulatory environment. However, major weaknesses remain, such as lack of support for research and education by the government and the private sector, and limited use of innovation in business. 

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The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) Files a Constitutional Complaint

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) has filed a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court. IDFI believes that the existing regulation of access to court decisions contradict the Constitution of Georgia.

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Tbilisi Government Adopted Tbilisi Action Plan 2017 Within the Framework of “Open Government Partnership”

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Tbilisi adopted Tbilisi OGP Action Plan 2017. In May 2016 the working group for development, promotion and monitoring of implementation of the Action Plan within the framework of “Open Government Partnership” was created. The working group is composed of representatives from various NGOs and international programs, including: OSGF, IDFI, “Transparency International Georgia, USAID Program on “Good Governance Initiative in Georgia” and “Delegation of the European Union to Georgia” program.

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Review of Commitments Undertaken by the Government of Georgia in its 2016-2017 Open Government Action Plan

Georgia was elected as co-chair of OGP for a 2 year term, which includes servings as the OGP chair country for a period of one year starting October 1, 2017, means that Georgia must fulfill all of its commitments and serve as an example for other member states. 

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IDFI - November 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter speaks over the activities implemented and information issued by IDFI in November, 2016. 

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Open Contracting Data Standard - Data Disclosure at Its Best

Disclosing procurement-related documents is the first step towards building a transparent public procurement system. However, making the data included in these documents machine-readable is equally, if not more, important, since otherwise it is nearly impossible to process procurement related data on a large scale. 

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2013 Bonuses and Salary Supplements in the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Public officials in the MIA central office had received bonuses of GEL 2,325,789 in January-October 2013. The Minister of Internal Affairs had received a bonus of GEL 4,335 only once in February. However, most other public officials received monthly bonuses that were much higher than their monthly salary on a monthly basis.

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Negotiations between Georgia and Russian Federation about the World Trade Organization (WTO): 5 Years After

The World Trade Organization (WTO) consists of 164 member states and is established to harmonize and facilitate trade relations, act as a dispute settlement body. Georgia is member of the WTO since July 14, 2000 . It took 18 years for Russia to become member of the WTO .

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Coalition for a Euro-Atlantic Georgia on Selecting Trust Group Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security

The Coalition of a Euro-Atlantic Georgia calls on the Georgian Parliament to pay special attention to the composition of the Trust Group, in order to avoid any damage to the country's national security as well as to restore the voting requirement for the selection of Trust Group members.

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